D3 Basketball: Tufts Secures The Top Spot In Wednesday’s Regional Rankings


By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

The Tufts University men’s basketball team secured the top spot in the first NCAA D-III Northeast Regional Rankings this afternoon followed by Middlebury College (second) and Springfield College (third).

Tufts is one of seven teams on today’s list that has won 17 or more contests this season.  Additionally, the Jumbos are the top team in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) heading into the final weekend of the regular season for the league.

Colby College secured the fourth position – the Mules are 19-2 overall but have lost two of their last four outings. They entered the final month of the regular season with an 18-game winning streak but had it snapped on the initial day of February at Tufts.

Babson College checked-in fifth overall followed by WPI, which secured the sixth position. Both teams will meet this evening in Babson Park for an important New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) contest. Babson won the initial meeting between the two teams last month.

Brandeis UniversitySt. Joseph’s (Conn.), and Amherst College secured the seventh, eighth, and ninth positions, while Endicott College and Albertus Magnus rounded out the rankings, checking-in tenth and eleventh, respectively.

Brandeis is currently in a three-way tie for first place in the University Athletic Association (UAA) with Emory University and Washington University. Emory secured the top spot in the South rankings while WashU checked in second in the Central behind Wisconsin-Plattville.

Today’s Regional Rankings are the first of three sets – we will see two more over the next two weeks before the pairings for the upcoming NCAA D-III Tournament is announced on Monday, March 2nd.

D3 Basketball: Men’s Basketball Top 10 Poll (Monday, Jan. 20th, 2020)


By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation

The Colby College men’s basketball team extended its current winning streak to 15 games this past weekend by defeating both Middlebury College and Williams College on the road.

Colby, which improves to 4-0 in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) play, has been an impressive story this season – can they continue their momentum later this week against Husson University on Tuesday, January 21st and Bowdoin College on Saturday, January 25th? We’ll have to wait and see.

Brandeis University was this week’s biggest mover, checking in third overall after securing the tenth position one week ago. The Judges scored an exciting 75-73 win yesterday over Emory University, handing the Eagles their second setback of the 2019-20 season, along with their initial loss against a member of the University Athletic Association (UAA).

The Judges are currently tied for first in the UAA with Washington University – the two teams will meet on Friday, January 24th in a VERY important match-up.

Tufts University moved into the fifth position after rebounding from an early week loss to Suffolk University with back-to-back wins over Amherst College (No. 10) and Hamilton College.

Finally, the Blues Jays of St. Joseph’s (Conn.) joined our poll at the ninth position – the Blue and Gold have not lost a game since falling to the Jumbos last November.

New England D-III Basketball Men’s Top 10 Week Eight Poll| Monday, January 20th, 2020

1. Colby College 15-0, 4-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 2
2. Middlebury College 16-2, 2-2 NESCAC Last Week: No. 1 
3. Brandeis University 11-3, 3-0 UAA Last Week: No. 10
4. Springfield College 12-3, 3-1 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 4
5. Tufts University 13-3, 3-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 6
6. WPI  12-3, 3-1 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 7
7. Babson College 12-3, 2-2 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 3
8. Albertus Magnus  12-2, 1-0 GNAC Last Week: No. 5
9. St. Joseph’s (Conn.) 13-2, 1-0 GNAC Last Week: Not Ranked
10. Amherst College 11-5, 2-2 NESCAC Last Week: No. 8

ON THE RISE: Emerson College, Endicott College, Hamilton College, Nichols College, Rhode Island College, UMass Boston, Wesleyan University, and Western New England

Previous Polls: Preseason Poll |Week One| Week Two | Week ThreeWeek Four| Week Five |Week Six |Week Seven 


Daily Noontime: Monday, January 20th, 2020


By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation 

Happy Monday, everyone – hope you are ALL staying warm on this VERY chilly and cold morning here in Boston!

We’ll try to warm things up (and make it feel like Miami this morning, which is currently 70 degrees) with our first ‘Daily Noontime’ on a Monday.

As usual, have a great day, smile, and make sure to be careful while walking and driving today!

The Boston Sports Weekend Recap

The Noontime Headlines (and Links!)

  • The 54th Super Bowl for the 100th season of the National Football League (NFL) is set as Kansas City Chiefs will square-off against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, February 2nd at 6:30 p.m. in Miami, Florida. Get some insight on the game, as well as who is the favorite, courtesy of Esten McLaren. (USA Today)

  • Former NFL cornerback Darrelle Revis called out Richard Sherman following the conclusion of the NFC Championship game last night. (NinersNation.com | SB Nation)

  • The San Francisco 49ers “have reportedly requested to wear their all-white 1994 throwback jerseys” when they compete against the Chiefs in the Super Bowl. (Sports Illustrated)
  • NESN’s Doug Kyed revisits the New England Patriots‘ decision to trade Jimmy Garoppolo two years ago to the 49ers for draft picks. (NESN.com)
  • Monday’s Celtics-Lakers match-up will have Green and White fans thinking about what their team could have looked like with Anthony Davis in the line-up. (Boston Globe)

  • The Kansas City Chiefs will be competing in their first Super Bowl since 1970 when they defeated the Minnesota Vikings(New York Times)

Video of the Day: The Brandeis University men’s basketball team scored an exciting win on Sunday, defeating No. 3 Emory University at the buzzer

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Mass. College Hoops: D3 Weekend Schedule

By NoontimeSports.com

Various local teams punched their ticket to the next round in the NCAA Division III basketball tournament and below are the men and women’s schedules for the upcoming weekend.

Men’s Basketball (Second Round: Saturday, March 9)

* Catholic University at Williams College, 7:00 p.m.

* Plattsburgh State at Amherst College, 7:00 p.m

* Randolph-Macon at WPI, 7:00 p.m. (Game will be played at Assumption College)

Women’s Basketball (Quarterfinals: Friday, March 8)

* Tufts University at Amherst College, TBA

* Ithaca College at Williams College, TBA

(Semifinals: Saturday, March 9)

* Amherst/Tufts vs. Messiah/Widener, TBA

* Ithaca/Williams vs. Emory/Whitman, TBA

Mass. College Hoops: Stoyle’s First Career Double-Double Leads No. 25 Brandeis Past Emory

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of our friends from the Brandeis University sports information department, here’s the release from Friday’s contest, which saw junior Alex Stoyle register his first career double-double in the Judges victory against Emory. Here’s the release:

WALTHAM, Mass. – Brandeis University junior Alex Stoyle (Goffstown, N.H./Tilton School) registered his first career double-double tonight, posting career-highs of 27 points and 13 rebounds as the Judges defeated visiting Emory University, 72-67, in a University Athletic Association (UAA) men’s basketball contest.

With the win, Brandeis, ranked No. 25 in the nation by d3hoops.com, improves to 15-4, 6-2 in the UAA, and avenges one of their four losses on the season. Emory falls to 13-5, 5-3 in the UAA.

Stoyle nearly had his double-double in the first 10 minutes of the contest, scoring nine points and seven rebounds early. He had 14 points and eight caroms in the first half, while also collecting all of his career-high three blocked shots. He continued to be just as effective in the second, scoring 13 points and hauling in five boards. Stoyle shot 9-of-12 from the floor, 4-of-7 from 3-point range, and 5-of-5 from the line. His previous career scoring high was 16 points in a win over NYU on Jan. 5. Stoyle also had both of Brandeis’s two steals on the night.

Two other Judges reached double figures in scoring. Junior guard Ben Bartoldus (Hillsborough, N.H./Proctor Acad.) scored 20 points, one shy of his season high. He had 11 in the first half and nine in the second. Junior center Youri Dascy (Fall River, Mass./St. Andrews, R.I., School) added 15 points, 13 coming after the intermission, when he hit his first five shots from the field and went 3-of-4 from the line. Brandeis won despite just six points and 0-for-8 shooting from leading scorer Gabriel Moton (St. Petersburg, Fla./St. Petersburg). Moton did hit all six of his free throws and lead all players with five assists.

For the game, Brandeis outrebounded Emory, 39-30, and outshot the Eagles, 48 percent (23-48) to 39 percent (26-67). The Judges were even better in the second half, missing just 10 shots overall – 12-21 (57%) from the floor and 15-16 (94%) from the line.

Emory put four starters in double figures. Junior guard McPherson Moore (St. Louis, Mo./MICDS) led the way with 19 points, 13 in the second half. He shot 6-for-12 from the field with a 3-pointer and, matching Moton at 6-for-6 from the line. He also tied for team-high honors with five rebounds. Junior forward Jake Davis (Cincinnati, Ohio/The Seven Hills School) had 15 points, while senior guard Alex Greven (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) added 11 and senior forward Michael Friedberg (Woodcliff Lake, N.J./Pascack Hills) had 10. The Eagles had just six assists on their 26 buckets, with Moore finishing with two helpers. Emory stayed in the game by winning the turnover battle, 18-6, with the same margin in points off those turnovers.

The game was a back-and-forth affair. The first half featured four ties and five lead changes. Much as in the previous meeting between the two schools in Atlanta, the visitors held a lead late in the first stanza only to see the hosts rally. After a Greven 3-pointer at the 3:31 mark made it 24-21 in favor the Eagles, Brandeis scored eight of the final 11 points. Four of those points came from Bartoldus, whose offensive rebound with 23 seconds left made it a 29-26 game at the break.

After Dascy opened the second-half scoring on a nice feed from Moton to make it a five-point game, Emory scored seven in a row to reclaim a 33-31 lead on two Moore free throws 1:40 into the half. The game was tied at 37-37 at the 14:32 mark, but Stoyle hit 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions from opposite corners of the floor as the Judges took their biggest lead to that point at 43-37 with 13:03 on the clock.

Emory responded by keeping the Judges off the board for nearly four minutes. They got within one at 43-42 at the 10-minute mark on a traditional three-point play by Davis, and Michael Florin (Port Washington, N.Y./Long Island Lutheran) had a steal that led to a fast-break lay-up that gave EU a 44-43 lead on the next possession.

The teams traded buckets on their next two chances before seven unanswered points Brandeis the lead for good. Two Dascy jumpers in the paint sandwiched a Bartoldus trifecta as the hosts took a 52-46 lead. Emory climbed back within one, 52-51, on a long Davis bomb from the left elbow, but Stoyle answered with his fourth trifecta of the game. That sparked an 11-1 run, in which the next eight Brandeis points came from the free throw line. The lead would get as large as 11 when two Moton foul shots made it 63-52 with just under four minutes to go before EU made its final run.

Down five at 70-65 with 1:13 on the clock, the visitors forced Brandeis to call two timeouts in quick succession with their press. Eventually, they were able to draw an offensive foul on Moton with just under a minute to play. Moore made a quick driving lay-up to make it a one-possession game with 51 seconds remaining. Brandeis called two more timeouts before setting up Moton for an isolation play. He went around his defender to the rim, but his shot spun off the rim and into Greven’s hands. The Eagles got one quick look at a 3-pointer to try to tie, but Brandeis collapsed quickly. Greven eventually dribbled in for a 15-footer, but it went off the glass to the right, where Stoyle collected it for his final rebound and two free throws for the final five-point margin, 72-67.

Brandeis can reclaim a share of first place in the UAA on Sunday afternoon when they take on top-ranked Rochester at noon. The Yellowjackets suffered their first loss of the season tonight, 65-51, at NYU. Emory will be playing the Violets at the same time.